GRA laments inability to tax illegal gold miners

GRA laments inability to tax illegal gold miners

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says the reason why operators of illegal gold miners are not taxed is because the authority finds it difficult to track them.

Deputy commissioner in charge of policy and programmes, Edward Gyamerah at a breakfast meeting on the income tax act revealed that an initiative to implement tax laws on the illegal miners remains difficult citing cases of their large numbers.

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"At the Minerals Commission,  the registered small scale miners is only 2,000 but the illegal miners is in the region of hundreds of thousands. How to get them to tax is now the problem. But we have told the buyers not to let the galamsey people know that they are withholding part else they will run into hiding," he stated.

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Illegal miners are reported to release toxic substances into the rivers, causing a lot of diseases to many people, especially those who fish from it. The effect of illegal mining on economic crops which gives the nation a sustained means of foreign exchange cannot be quantified as security agencies, environmental agencies, chiefs, political leaders and Ghanaians are being called to rise up against the act.

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